Hello (2008) Once pigeonholed as a wispy beach babe, Tristan Prettyman has evolved into a bit of a blues mama on Hello . Though her brisk vocals… 2008-04-15 Tristan Prettyman Folk Pop
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Hello (2008)

Details Release Date: Apr 15, 2008; Lead Performance: Tristan Prettyman; Genres: Folk, Pop

Once pigeonholed as a wispy beach babe, Tristan Prettyman has evolved into a bit of a blues mama on Hello. Though her brisk vocals on ''Echo'' suggest an undying allegiance to Ani DiFranco, the Southern-laced ''A Little Bit'' and the slow-burning ''California Girl'' (hint: This ain't the type of West Coast naïf the Beach Boys pined for) nod to Bonnie Raitt. Capping off the musical mood swings is ''In Bloom,'' a lushly orchestrated ballad that could've been a lost track from Fiona Apple's Tidal. It's a fitting song title for an artist who's maturing by the minute. B+
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Originally posted Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints